Walking

Geotours App

Geotours App

Explore more of the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark using the Geotours app.

The Geotours app features a selection of favourite walks and places to explore across the North Pennines, with tours suitable for children and families, right up to hardy adventurers. Each route includes directions, images and things to spot, and many include audio and quiz questions themed around the geology, history and wildlife of the area. The tours are designed to be used on location, but can also be viewed at home if you’d like to know what to expect or find out about somewhere you’re not visiting. The app also includes tours in other Geoparks along the European Atlantic Geotourism Route – an international selection of areas with stunning landscapes, distinctive wildlife and fascinating cultures – so you can explore some of these destinations from the comfort of your own home or even plan a future trip.

Using the app:

The Geotours app is available on most Android and Apple mobile devices and can be downloaded from the app stores (link below). Download the app and select North Pennines to view the available tours in the area.

Each tour on the list downloads separately and it’s best to download a chosen tour before you set off as some sites have no internet coverage. Each tour contains some basic directions for getting to the start point. Within each tour is a list of points of interest, usually designed to be followed in a particular order and giving directions of how to get from one point to the next. Download and read the ‘Introduction’ for more instructions within the app.

Download here:

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Tours to explore:

Below is a list of the tours available in the North Pennines. The tours include walks, mountain biking routes, places to visit, and family ‘treasure hunts’ with quiz questions and virtual objects to collect along the way.

Tour name Area Type Length
Allenheads Treasure Hunt Allen Valleys, Northumberland Treasure hunt 0.7km/0.4miles
Ashgill from Garrigill Geotrail Alston Moor, Cumbria Walking route 5.1km/3.2 miles
Baldersdale Packhorse Trail Baldersdale, County Durham Mountain bike/riding route 18km/11 miles
Blanchland Geotrail Derwent Valley, Northumberland Walking route 5.6km/3.5 miles
Bowlees Treasure Hunt Upper Teesdale, County Durham Treasure hunt 1km/0.6 miles
Cow Green Geotrail Upper Teesdale, County Durham Walking route 8km/5 miles to 12km/7.5 miles
Derwent Reservoir Bug Hunt Derwent Valley, Northumberland Treasure hunt Up to  6km/4 miles
Derwent Reservoir Audio Tour Derwent Valley, Northumberland Audio tour
Dufton Geotrail Eden Valley, Cumbria Walking route 6km/4 miles
High Force and Bowlees Geotrail Upper Teesdale, County Durham Walking route 8km/5 miles
Low Force and Holwick Geotrail Upper Teesdale, County Durham Walking route with audio 4km/2.5 miles
Pow Hill Treasure Hunt Derwent Valley, County Durham Treasure hunt 1.5km/1 mile
Pow Hill Wildlife Tour Derwent Valley, County Durham Audio tour 1.5km/1 mile
Rookhope Arch and Groverake Mine Weardale, County Durham Heritage sites
Stanhope Burn Geotrail Weardale, County Durham Walking route 5.6km/3 miles
Stanhope Treasure Hunt Weardale, County Durham Treasure hunt 3km/1.9 miles
Tour locations map

More to discover

The AONB Partnership produces a wide variety of themed, self-guided walks booklets and leaflets. Versions of some of the tours featured in the app are also available as leaflets or PDFs (use the links in the table to find these). There are also a large number of walking guides produced by others available for the area.

A good way to find out about more walks, cycle routes and places to visit is to contact the nearest information centre to where you are planning to go. Alternatively, you can access a selection of downloadable guides by checking out the ‘More about…’ section at the side of this page or by referring to our map on the Visit & explore page.

The Geotours app was produced as part of the Interreg Atlantic Geoparks project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Its development was also supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Find out more about the European Atlantic Geotourism Route here: geotourismroute.eu

Logo of the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme, part of the European Regional Development FundNational Lottery Heritage Fund logo on crossed fingers and words 'Made possible with Heritage fund

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